Howard was the only son of Lillian and Benjamin Howard Mander (a member of the paint and varnish manufacturers, Mander Bros. Wolverhampton), of Trysull Manor. Howard was born in Wolverhampton in 1894, and was living at Trysull Manor in 1901, together with his sister Brender [sic.] L., a visitor, Doris Dickens, a boarder, Margaret Powers, and 6 servants. Howard’s father Benjamin died on 11 July 1912, leaving behind effects to the value of £155373 10s. 2d. I have not been able to find Howard (or under the name Vivian, as the two seem to have been interchangeable) in the 1911 census. According to an Express & Star article 1 January 1916, Howard attended Wellington College, and was an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford when war broke out.
Howard joined the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment in September 1914. He first served in France from 3 March 1915, and was a Lieutenant and temporary Captain. Along with other medals, he was awarded the Military Cross, as listed in the London Gazette on 14 January 1916.
Howard married Monica C. Hardey in Lichfield in 1919, and they had three children – Howard A. H., Aline L. and Pauline V. – between 1920 and 1926. He married again, this time to Clarice Margaret Graham in Wolverhampton in 1928. I have not been able to find a record of Monica’s death, so it is possible that they got divorced. Later in 1928, Howard and his new wife travelled on the SS Tenyo Maru from Yokohama to Honolulu, Hawaii, arriving in the United States on 22 July 1928. Howard was listed as a varnish manufacturer.
Howard had a further three children with Clarice – Martin Ian, Michael Graham and Robert G. Howard died at the Queen Victoria Nursing Institution in Wolverhampton on 9 April 1950. By the time of his death his address was Congreve Manor, Penkridge. He left behind effects to the value of £101057 15 s. 1d.